New England Patriots Rumors: 3 trade targets who could spark momentum

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Whether the New England Patriots are buyers or sellers at the NFL Trade Deadline, here are three acquisitions who could help turn the season.

What will the New England Patriots do at the NFL Trade Deadline?

With a 2-5 start to the 2020 NFL season, Bill Belichick has many holes to fill if he hopes to turn this season around and give his team a shot at competing for a playoff spot.

As dim as possibly making the playoffs may appear, the team has had a chance to win three of those games if they converted on three last minute drives that could have either tied or won those games.

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Still, the play of the New England Patriots hasn’t been the typical smart football from a Belichick coached team.  Blame it on lack of talent or personnel, poorly timed penalties, turnovers and conservative play calling has all played a part in the team’s first four-game losing streak in nearly 20 years.

So, what should the Patriots do at the NFL Trade Deadline?

Furthermore, how much does Bill Belichick believe in this 2020 squad led by an extra humbled Cam Newton?

Should they trade off players like Stephon Gilmore and Joe Thuney for young talent and/or draft picks and set the rebuild starting now?  Or does he go for players who can upgrade positions like wide receiver, tight end and the defensive line?

In the National Football League, it only takes one move or even one momentous play that can turn a season.  Here are three deadline prizes who could help spark a turnaround

Dalvin Tomlinson is a run-stopping option

After being gashed by the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills on the ground in back-to-back weeks, a glaring hole on the defensive side of the football is obviously the defensive front seven.

With a key injury to Lawrence Guy and no help coming from defensive tackle Beau Allen this season, the New England Patriots have to find some size and physicality at that nose tackle position.

A player who could help fill that void is New York Giants run stopper Dalvin Tomlinson.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 318 pounds, the former second-round pick is exactly the type of player Bill Belichick would and should covet.

Not only does he have upside, he is on the last year of his rookie deal and should come at a cheaper price.  Like Danny Shelton, a highly drafted player the Patriots took a chance on, Dalvin Tomlinson could find his niche in the middle of the defensive line.

There are other players Bill Belichick could take a shot on, but Tomlinson is a low-risk, high-reward option who could add both beef and attitude to the New England Patriots run defense.